[ sahy-an-uh-mid, -mahyd, sahy-uh-nam-ahyd, -id ]
/ saɪˈæn ə mɪd, -ˌmaɪd, ˌsaɪ əˈnæm aɪd, -ɪd /

noun Chemistry.

a white, crystalline, unstable, deliquescent solid, CH2N2, usually produced by the action of ammonia on cyanogen chloride or by the action of sulfuric acid on calcium cyanamide.
(not in technical use) calcium cyanamide.
Also cy·an·a·mid [sahy-an-uh-mid, sahy-uh-nam-id] /saɪˈæn ə mɪd, ˌsaɪ əˈnæm ɪd/.

Origin of cyanamide

First recorded in 1830–40; cyan-2 + amide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cyanamide


cyanamid (saɪˈænəmɪd)

/ (saɪˈænəˌmaɪd, -mɪd) /


Also called: cyanogenamide (ˌsaɪənəʊˈdʒɛnəˌmaɪd, -mɪd) a white or colourless crystalline soluble weak dibasic acid, which can be hydrolysed to urea. Formula: H 2 NCN
a salt or ester of cyanamide
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